Despite Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby appearing friendly at the All-Star Game, the Caps-Pens rivalry remains one of the fiercest in hockey. “There’s a lot of hate,” Ryan Reaves said on Friday.
That’s why University of Pittsburgh junior Meghan Powell is so fearless. Friday, the Caps fan reported to VA Hospital located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania wearing a Capitals jersey. The Caps play the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Friday night.
“When it’s scrubs Friday, but the Caps are in town,” Meghan wrote while posing inside the hospital.
— Meghan Powell (@meghanp97) February 2, 2018
The Capitals Twitter account noticed the photo and gave a double thumbs up back.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 2, 2018
I reached out to Meghan and she shared that she is a pre-Physical Therapy student, currently observing and volunteering at the VA hospital.
“For the past three years I can always be spotted rocking the red in campus any time it’s a Caps-Pens game day,” Meghan said. “Typically most people just stare at my jersey confused or throw out a little trash talk. It’s fun to have made some friends, who are Pens fans that I can trash talk with. Since I’ve been here for three years now, people kind of know me as the ultimate Caps fan and are always looking for me to be rep the Caps every time they come to town.”
The Caps fan was born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia, and has lived in the DC area her entire life.
“I come from a family who loves hockey,” Meghan said. “I basically grew up in an ice house watching my brother and dad play. I’ve been a Caps fan for as long as I can remember. Before I left for college, I used to always go to Kettler to watch practices and try to get to at least 3-5 games a season.”
Meghan’s brother Tim recently celebrated senior night at Briar Woods High School.
— Meghan Powell (@meghanp97) January 29, 2018
“I don’t know how I ended up going to school in the city of the Capitals’ biggest rival,” Meghan concluded. “But I have proudly worn my jersey here since.”
Like I said before: fearless.
Photos: Meghan Powell
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